Kentucky Artisan Center

KY Artisan Center

It has been an exciting time at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea with the opening of a new exhibit, great works being received daily from Kentucky artists all across the state, and the arrival of our two millionth visitor in May!

In addition, there are wonderful exhibits, festivals and events happening in Berea and throughout Kentucky. Berea, recognized this spring by AmericanStyle magazine readers as one of the top 25 art destination cities in the small city category, will host the Berea Craft Festival July 13-15 and is Continue reading Kentucky Artisan Center

July is Berea Parks & Recreation Month

Parks & Recreation

July is Parks & Recreation Month & we at Berea Parks & Recreation is celebrating with our community by finding you being active & giving you ways to win prizes! Anytime we’re out & about in our parks be sure to get a participation slip from us for being active! At the end of the month, we’ll have a Parks & Recreation Month Celebration filled with activities, drawings & much more! Besides us being out & about, we also have schedule days throughout the month we’ll be at certain parks; the times for each day is 5:30pm-6:30pm: Tues. July 10th @ Memorial Park, Tues. July 17th @ Chestnut St. Park, Tues. July 24th @ City Park Expansion & Tues. July 31st @ City Park Shelter for our Parks & Recreation Month Celebration! Further details contact us @ 986-9402, visit our website:

Madison County Schools End of Year Article

Madison Co Schools

The 2011-2012 school year was a very exciting year for Madison County Schools. The district made some big strides in the areas of instructional technology and next generation learning. The district was awarded one of seven EETT grants – only Madison and Jefferson counties received $157,730 each which was the largest amount given. The EETT grant gave Madison County Schools the ability to provide two unique environments for next generation learning. The Cube at Madison Central High School and Eagle Studio at Madison Southern High School are specialized classrooms that promote project-based learning and collaboration. The studios have proven this year to strengthen student activities needed for meeting the ACT Benchmarks, 21st Century skills, Career and College Readiness and teacher professional development. The studios have given students and teacher the opportunity to engage in challenging learning activities that incorporate collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. These are all important college and career Continue reading Madison County Schools End of Year Article

Richmond Planning and Zoning Meeting


There will be a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held this Tuesday, June 19th, at 5:30pm in the Richmond City Hall Conference Room. This is a public hearing all are welcome to attend.

The agenda for the meeting:

1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Roll Call
3. May 24, 2012 Business Session Minutes
4. Commercial Building Permit Application for Hooters located at 241 Eastern Bypass; Zoned B-3
5. Development Plat for Yorick Place at Lancaster Ave & Barnes Mill
6. Development Plat for First Christian Church at 412 W. Main Street
7. Development Plat for Lancaster Road Church of God at 1246 Lancaster Road
8. Zoning Map Annexation for B.F. & O., Inc.; Property Located 360 Cycle Drive; Existing Zone Classification County UC-7; Proposed Zone Change I-2
9. Zoning Map Annexation for Riley Properties; Property Located 320 Boggs Lane; Existing Zone Classification County UC-7; Proposed Zone Change I-2
10. Director Report
11. Other Business
12. Adjournment

Obituaries June 10 to June 17, 2012

Kevin Douglas Rhodus

Kevin Rhodus

Richmond – Kevin Douglas Rhodus, 28, of Richmond, passed away Monday, June 11, 2012.

Kevin was born in Richmond and was a 2002 graduate of Berea Community High School where he was very active in sports. He graduated from ITT Technical Institute in 2004 and was employed by Tremco in Lexington. He was a member of the Eastside Community Church in Richmond.

In addition to sports, he loved to play his guitar and was a dedicated father to his son.

He is survived by: his wife, Amy Little Rhodus of Richmond; his son, Jonathan Preston Rhodus; his parents, Harold (Stephanie) Rhodus of Berea and Shelley Boone (Steve) Ward of Lancaster; one sister, Rachel Rhodus; Continue reading Obituaries June 10 to June 17, 2012

Berea Center for the Arts Presents Sue Draheim & Wayde Blair

Berea Center for the Arts proudly presents Sue Draheim and Wayde Blair Friday, June 15 7:30 PM at the Berea Center for the Arts auditorium 315 Chestnut Street, Berea. Admission $7.00 ($3.00 for students).

Wayde Blair was born and raised in the East Kentucky coalfields just down the road from cousin Loretta Lynns “Coal Miners Daughter cabin”. His first 21 years was spent absorbing Appalachian mountain music, listening to and playing rural Bluegrass along with a taste of Haggard-tonk rock-n-roll filtered through southern country blues. He moved to Berkley in the fall of “69” to catch the tasil-end of the Summer of Love. Then he started to write his own neo-traditional songs. Now hes a genuine American troubadour and his songs have been published and heard in many countries around the world.

Sue Draheim is an excellent fidlle player, who joined Wayde Blair on his latest CD. Sue is a west coast gal, who spent six years in England where she had the pleasure and honor of recording with Richard Thompson of the famous folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Last year she joined some of the Berea Celtic Festival sessions. Not only will she join Wayde on stage, but she will feature some of her interpretations of Celtic music.

City of Berea “4th of July Spectacular”

4th of July

Its time for Bereas 4th of July Spectacular and it will be the event of the summer!
The 4th of July Spectacular will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Berea City Park starting at 5pm. There will be several activities available including: inflatable play equipment, mechanical bull, climbing wall, childrens activities, fire engines, food and dont forget the largest fireworks display in Berea!

Live entertainment will include The Freedom Riders from 5-7pm and the main stage band, Prefab Rehab-a 7 piece New Orleans Jazz, Funk and R&B ensemble from 8pm-10pm. There will also be an exhibition by Bereas own Danish Gymnasts at 7pm and special Veterans ceremony beginning at 7:30pm.

This is a free event open to individuals of all ages! For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 859-986-9402,

Internationally Renowned Quilt Instructor to be in Berea

Parks & Recreation

The Berea Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that Esterita Austin, internationally renowned quilt instructor from New York, will be teaching a 2-day extended workshop, titled “Portraiture with a Twist”.

The focus in this class is on creating dramatic, expressionistic portraiture and still life. Rembrandt, La Tour, Caravaggio, all incorporated the technique of using a single, directional, light source to create depth and mystery in their imagery. Using traditional compositional elements and Esteritas fusing techniques enhanced with textile paints students will create an expressive portrait juxtaposing light and dark as tools of intrigue.

The workshop will be held August 2-3, 2012 at the Broadway Building in Berea. Call 986-9402 for more information.

New Generations Bluegrass to Perform on Red Barn Live Wednesday

L to R Jerry Gullette, Larry Gullette, Terry Gullette, & Joe McClure

The New Generations Bluegrass band is a group from Southeastern Kentucky. Banjo picker Joe McClure has been on the program several times in other bands. This is the first appearance of his band, New Generations Bluegrass. The rest of the band includes Terry Gullette on Guitar, Jerry Gullette on Mandolin, Larry Gullette on Stand Up Bass.

New Generations Bluegrass will perform on Wednesday June 13, 2012 at ArtsPlace Performance Hall, 161 N. Mill Street, Lexington, KY.


Red Barn Radio will extend their broadcast schedule through the summer months beginning this June. Performances in June will take place at their Continue reading New Generations Bluegrass to Perform on Red Barn Live Wednesday

Obituaries June 3 to June 10, 2012

Bertha Marie Kettler

Bertha Marie Kettler

RICHMOND — Bertha Marie Kettler, 96, of Morning Pointe, Richmond, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond.

She was born September 16, 1915, at Brush Creek, Kentucky, in Rockcastle County, to the late William Bradley and Lura Cox Laswell. She was the widow of August Kettler and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a charter member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Danville, Illinois, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes.

Mrs. Kettler was a homemaker, and during World War II, she worked in the defense plants in Richmond, Indiana.

She is survived by one daughter, Karleen Kay Wortham of Richmond; one son, Michael Alan Kettler (Nancy) of Richmond; three sisters, Continue reading Obituaries June 3 to June 10, 2012